I like clouds – they are amazing things. I can stare at them for hours, lying on my back in a field or out the window of a plane flying through and above them. White and fluffy, and making all our weather work.

* insert Day Dream sequence here! *

Few hours later… a chance conversation  with an IT expert stopped me in my tracks today. It was something I sort of knew, but the suddenness of it came through.

In 3 years, cloud computing will be what we all use“, he said, “businesses won’t even be able to buy office servers anymore.”

Cloud Computing is something that has been around since the 60s, but has only really passed over into business consciousness in the past two or three years. All it really means is you login through the internet to do stuff (access your files, network, etc). Many of us do this already without even bothering or even knowing the term “cloud“. On diagrams of internet setups, people used to draw a fluffy cloud to denote “the internet”, and so the term stuck.

When you think of it, it’s blindingly obvious. Who among us really counts running office servers and networks as core business? It’s not is it, anymore than running a telephone system is! You get experts to do that, and trust the call goes through. Spending money on capital equipment and then maintaining it in your office, upgrading software and paying for the thing to be put right every now and again is a big pain in the nether regions.

And not core business. Stop it! Find a local guy who knows the cloud. And get on it.

About the author

Charlie has spent more than 20 years in Perth’s tech and startup sector, firstly as a founder himself, through to exit, and more recently as a writer, advisor and investor. Originally from the UK, Charlie worked in Singapore before arriving in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as top student in 1999 he set up online real estate business aussiehome.com, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon Charlie ran reiwa.com. In 2013, he moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as CEO, and then worked for the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program, funding pre-revenue startups and innovative businesses. He now works in an advisory capacity for multiple tech and other businesses, is managing editor of Startup News and co-host of the Startup West podcast. He also writes a column for Business News on startups. Charlie sits on the advisory boards of WA Leaders, TEDxPerth, WAITTA, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and the full board of Rise Network.

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